"It looks a little bit better, but you really have to put that in context", Schuchat told the Washington Post. "Improvements in prescribing (habits) are just the beginning, but we have so much work to do".
The state Department of Health reported in June there were more than 2,000 overdose deaths a year ago, which was a 66 percent increase from 2015, a record jump.
Officials note that the majority of overdose deaths in Maryland have been linked to illicit drugs in recent years, though many people likely started their addictions with prescriptions.
"Anyone taking opioids can become addicted to them".
Attempts to restrict opioid prescribing have upset many patients with chronic pain who say their needs are being ignored in the rush to stamp out the addiction epidemic. However, he noted the reduction is not even close to what could occur in the United States.
In New York, painkiller prescriptions dropped in Staten Island and the Bronx - two counties now facing a massive opioid crisis - as well as Manhattan, but remained the same in Brooklyn and Queens, according to the report.
They are especially uncalled for in treating arthritis pain. "There's a simple saying in business: What doesn't get measured doesn't get done". She also called for increased prescribing of naloxone and pointed to the AMA's own task force recommendations. According to the CDC, overdoses, abuse, and dependence on medical narcotics has created an annual "economic burden" estimated at about $78.5 billion.
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SCHUCHAT: Overall, the level of prescribing today - it's enough that every American would be medicated around the clock for three weeks. Almost 13,000 more were killed by overdoses of heroin.
Gene M. Ransom III, CEO of MedChi, the state medical society, said most doctors had signed up, as well as many other medical professionals who can write prescriptions, but they need to get used to using the system. It suggests that opioids are to be opted for only when their benefits outweigh their risks. The data was based on pharmacies and county population, but it is not guaranteed that a person filling a prescription in Blair County lives here. Customers of health insurer Cigna, for example, consumed nearly 12 percent fewer opioids in 2016, according to Will Lopez, senior medical director at Cigna Behavioral Health.
Previous studies have shown that the Appalachian region has been hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic, but the new report from the CDC stresses "no part of the country is spared".
"An enormous amount of opioid volume is driven by a very small number of prescribers", said Dr. Caleb Alexander, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness.
SCHUCHAT: There were six times more opioids being prescribed in the highest-prescribing counties compared to the lowest-prescribing counties, and that amount can lead to a much higher risk for opioid addiction, overdose and death. The affected counties "had a greater percentage of white residents, were where a higher concentration of primary care physicians or dentists worked, or where more people were unsinured or unemployed".
The availability of prescription opioids varies widely across the country, Schuchat said.